The property of an object that determines how much it responds to a force in Newtonian mechanics, and how much it interacts with gravity in the Newtonian framework. Mass also refers to the intrinsic energy of a particle in particle physics.

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What is the baryonic mass distribution of the Milky Way

There are many, many studies of the Dark Matter halo around the Milky Way but I'm having trouble finding good raw data about visible matter. I'm investigating a MOND like model and would like some ...
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is there an operator which measures the mass of particles?

When I studied a spin, the textbook said spin is an intrinsic quantity like mass. However, while we can calculate just expectation values $ \langle \textrm{S}^2\rangle $ or $ \langle S_z\rangle $, the ...
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difference between mass and weight [duplicate]

I already know that when I standing on weighing machine it's measuring my mass not my weight, but when I take the same machine to moon it's will read different value. according to my information that ...
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Could the Big Bang have simply been two black holes hitting each other at 99% of the speed of light? [on hold]

Given two equally massive black holes moving at 99% of light speed, it seems there would clearly be enough energy for most (99%?) of the mass of both to be ejected and / or radiated well beyond the ...
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Would a fast moving (approaching $c$) stream of particles be affected by the gravitational pull of a gas giant?

I was inspired by this SE question. Would the gravitational field of a gas giant (such as Yavin IV) have an effect on the super laser (i.e. slow it down, change the direction), or is the mass so ...
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Why should the mass of leptons to be near of proton and QCD/chiral scales?

The mistery of the mass of the top being in the electroweak scale can be justified by the Higgs mechanism itself; in some sense the top mass is the only "natural" mass, the other masses of fermions ...
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Relativistic velocity in Special Theory of Relativity [on hold]

Prove that, 0.5 m*v^2 , where m = M / (1- (v^2 / c^2))^0.5 ["M" is original mass, and "m" is mass with velocity] doesn't equal to the the Kinetic Energy of a particle moving at relativistic velocity. ...
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Why is centre of mass taken as integral of x.dm and not m.dx?

Forgive me if I'm being naive, but, I don't understand why the X-coordinate of the Centre of mass is taken as an integral of x.dm and not m.dx. I understand the summation part, but how do we convert ...
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Interpretation of negative mass in condensed matter physics

I am reading the book "Topological insulator: Dirac equation in condensed matters" by Shun-Qing Sheng. I do not know much about this topic and this is the first time I am confronted with it, so this ...
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Lagrangian point or dark matter?

We know that spiral galaxies spin in a way such that we have to assume that dark matter is responsible for the extra mass required to do so. My question is, can Lagrangian points (L1 and L2) be used ...
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How much do the rear and front, side-parts of this 2,400 lb. car weigh? [closed]

The car is to be lifted from the body right above the tire, which is around 1 inch or so outward. Since the car is even it should weigh almost exactly (to the nanogram) the same on the back and ...
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Does a weighing machine measure weight or mass? [closed]

What does a measuring scale measure: mass or weight? I mean, when we stand on a weighing scale the reading we get is in $\mathrm{kg}$'s. What does this mean?
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$U(1)$ local gauge invariance in QED [duplicate]

While constructing Lagrangian of QED, we don't add the mass term for photon $\dfrac{1}{2} m^{2}A_{\mu}A^{\mu}$ because gauge invariance does not allow. I want to ask, whether "$\bf{Theoretically}$", ...
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Can you express mass in other dimensional units?

I'm just started a Physics I course, and while I've paid attention, I'm stuck on one of the first problems: Express mass ($M$) in terms of acceleration($a$), density($D$), area($A$), and time($t$). ...
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Does lightning have mass?

My chemistry teacher/book states that lightning is just light, and therefore has no mass and takes up no space (we're not very far through the book yet, it's defining matter). However, I take issue ...
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Is there difference in force when the height increases?

Consider a man with mass 50kg. When he jumps from a 2 meter height, the total force is $F=ma$ ie (mass * gravity), but nothing happens to him. When he jumps from a 50 meter height, the total force ...
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What objects' masses do we need to take into account when calculating force?

In the following problem: A steam engine of mass $3\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ pulls two wagons each of mass $2\times 10^4\ \mathrm{kg}$ with an acceleration of $0.2\ \mathrm{m/s^2}$. Neglecting ...
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Local Gauge Invariance and Masslessness [duplicate]

I am wondering if the masslessness of photons is due to the local gauge invariance of $u(1)$-gauge fields. The reason why I consider about this question is that I remember that the Proca field is not ...
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Is the sum of mass of all planets in our solar system is 40% the mass of the Sun? [closed]

According to Chandrasekhar Limit,the mass of an object can not exceed than 1.4 times the mass of the sun.But according to some other theories,the sun was very large at former times and earth and ...
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Save a falling person by nullifying their mass or reversing gravity [closed]

Let's say you have the superpowers to manipulate matter, mass and gravity. Imagine a person falls off a plane, flying few kilometers above the air, and they are about to get splattered onto the hard ...
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Why cannot massless particles carry charges? [duplicate]

How to show that massless particles do not carry charges from QFT's point of view?
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Is most of the matter in the observable universe within galaxies?

Do we know, either through observations or through theory driven computer simulations, the location of the majority of the visible matter in the observable universe? That is, is it located within ...
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How can you weigh your own head in an accurate way?

I read some methods but they're not accurate. They use the Archimedes principle and they assume uniform body density which of course is far from true. Others are silly like this one: Take a knife ...
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Particle masses

if there is no theory to predict/calcukate the masses of the fundamental particles, where do they get the values for the quarks, as quoted in the standard model? And since the composite particles get ...
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Is the Higgs field needed to explain the mass of the electron?

The self energy of the electron can be represented in two ways: the energy required to bring a charge distribution from infinity to the size of the electron (assuming it is a point charge with no ...
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Distance and Time

I understand that if an object is 10 light years away then the light I am seeing from that object is actually from 10 years ago. If this is the case, which a few posts on this forum seem to concur, ...
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A contradiction statement to $F=ma$ [closed]

If I thrown an object of mass 1 kg up in the air it will always fall with an acceleration of 9.8m/s. If I throw it very high up in the sky, it falls with a greater force as compared to if i throw it ...
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Does an object traveling near the speed of light create a gravitaional field? [duplicate]

Does a particle traveling near the speed of light create an observable/measureable gravitational field around it? I know most elementary particles travel near the speed of light and have no ...
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Current constraints on lightest neutrino mass?

This paper from 2005 claims that the mass of the lightest neutrino is unconstrained. (see p9) Oscillations are only able to constrain the differences in squares as far as I know, but perhaps ...
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Neutrinos have mass. But how much mass?

Can somebody explain to me how much mass neutrinos have. According to my understanding neutrinos oscillate, therefore they should have some mass. If this is right then how much mass do they have?
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How are photons effected by gravity? [duplicate]

If we use E²=m²c⁴+p²c², and we know mass of photon is zero, and they have momentum but why aren't they affected by gravity.
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What is the definition of density in a relativistic context?

In this question, there seems to be a clear presence of ambiguity, which raises the question: what is density in relativity? First of all, the question asks for the relativistic mass, "the apparent ...
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Is the Higgs field responsible of only 1% of the proton mass?

This post is a sequel of: Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? The following answer of @hft: Your question asks why the "current quark masses" [see ...
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Why couldn't a space elvator's cable be tapered?

Why couldn't a space elevator's cable be tapered to solve the weight issue for the cable? After all you don't need a massive amount of tensile strength at the bottom of the cable.
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Will the gravitational pull of air affect the falling rate of an object?

After looking at this question: Don't heavier objects actually fall faster because they exert their own gravity? A thought occurred to me that due to the increased gravitational pull of the ...
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Why is a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms a bad measure of mass?

I have some friends that are talking about why a silicon ball with an exact number of atoms is a good/bad measurement of mass (1kg) and things are getting pretty exotic. Is there a layman's ...
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What force causes massive objects to bend space? [duplicate]

The visualization of gravity as shown by this video is pretty good at explaining how massive objects bend space, and such bending causes objects around it to fall towards it (a.k.a: gravity). ...
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Inertia on relativistic mass when particle is near speed of light

Inertia is directly proportional to mass but what happens when something travel to speed near to light. Its relativistic mass tends to infinity but that is false mass so I want to know if inertia is ...
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Can mass-less spring system be solved?

Suppose we have typical chain of strings with masses, attached to the walls (W) at each side W-----m-----m--------W x=0 x=6 x=12 x=21 So if we let ...
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How to figure out the height it would take for an object to reach terminal velocity?

I'm trying to figure out how high an object would have to be dropped to reach it's terminal velocity. Specifically if an object had a terminal velocity of 520 mph, how would I figure out how high it ...
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The relativity of gravity: If mass is relative how much gravity do I experience?

Now let's say the I am on a spaceship. The spaceship is not accelerating, i.e., it is not firing its rockets. Most of the ship's mass is in the back of the ship. Let's say it is moving arbitrarily ...
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Do photons have relativistic mass?

I am conducting research on photons and was wondering if they have relativistic mass. I already know that they they have zero rest mass. Any answers are welcome!
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When you breath in a helium balloon, do you lose weight?

We all know the trick of breathing in a helium balloon to get a funny squeaky voice! When you do this, would it be correct to say you lose weight? On the one hand, the helium should make you more ...
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Massless bosons but not massless fermions?

I noticed some article on massless Weyl fermions and it got me thinking. I'm wondering if there is any explanation for why bosons (specifically gauge bosons) can be massless (photon and gluon) but we ...
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Why do neutrino oscillations imply nonzero neutrino masses?

Neutrinos can pass from one family to another (that is, change in flavor) in a process known as neutrino oscillation. The oscillation between the different families occurs randomly, and the likelihood ...
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Does relativity objectively define entropy?

In his undergraduate text "Spacetime Physics", Wheeler points out that there is always a fourth component to momentum and energy interactions, because the internal motion of the objects involved will ...
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Why is there a controversy on whether mass increases with speed?

Some people say that mass increases with speed, some people say that the mass of an object is independent of its speed. I understand how some (though not many) things in physics are a matter of ...
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If two objects have all the same conditions except different masses. Will their terminal velocity be different?

I can't seem to find a straight forward answer to this. I really just want to know if changing mass of an object affects the terminal velocity. If two objects of the same dimensions except one had ...
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How does a Black hole attract light? [duplicate]

Please no hate for lack of knowledge: I am somewhat fascinated with the subject of black holes. However, I do not understand a concept which is constantly attributed with black holes: that a black ...
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Why do we use kilograms instead of newtons to measure weight in everyday life?

What was the reason to use kilograms to measure weight (e.g. body weight, market vegetables etc.) instead of using newtons?